W.Sahara sands shift in UN favour: Analysts

By Guillaume Klein
Times Online, Saturday, 03 November 2012

RABAT, Nov 03, 2012 (AFP) – Morocco and the UN envoy for Western Sahara, who was spurned by Rabat in May, are back on speaking terms, but analysts say the situation over the disputed territory has noticeably altered to the kingdom’s detriment.
The rising importance of the security issue in the Sahel region, where a military intervention could take place against Islamists in northern Mali, is lending weight to the regional influence of Algeria, a supporter of Western Sahara’s independence-seeking Polisario Front.
Christopher Ross’s return to Morocco six months after the kingdom said it had no confidence in the UN envoy came without fanfare. (cont.)

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